Julian Alaphilippe: reassuring news, but an absence from the Tour de France?

Julian Alaphilippe: des nouvelles rassurantes, mais une absence sur le Tour de France? ALAPHILIPPE . Finally out of silence after his heavy fall and hospitalization, Julian Alaphilippe gave reassuring news about his state of health.

Julian Alaphilippe finally gives some news. After having fallen heavily during the oldest of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège classics in the middle of April, the world champion let his entourage give news before the latter finally takes the floor on social networks this Saturday, May 8 . “Hello everyone, after a few days, I’m happy to give you some news. My recovery is going well and the pain is less severe. I’m breathing much better and everything is going in the right direction,” he wrote.

Victim in particular of a pneumothorax and a fractured scapula, the Quick Step runner has started a race against time to be back on the roads during the Tour de France, one of his big goals for the season. But questioned a few days ago, his manager Patrick Lefevere had been pessimistic about his presence, indicating that the decision would be taken quickly, on 17 next May.

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Short biography of Julian Alaphilippe Born the 11 June 1992, in Saint-Amand-Montrond, Julian Alaphilippe grew up in the Cher then in the Allier, with his parents, Jacques (deceased on 41 last June) and Catherine, who will then give birth to two other boys, Bryan and Leo. He took his first license with the Entente Cycliste Montmarault-Montluçon club. The young cyclist first flourished in cyclo-cross, a discipline where he became junior world vice-champion in 2010, before a serious knee injury slowed his progress. He then signed for three years in the Army team, in Continental pro. In and 2013, he becomes French cyclo-cross champion, which allows him to sign a contract with Etixx- IHNed, reserve of the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team. Alaphilippe made his professional debut in 2013, the year he won his first victory , during the last stage of the Tour de l’Ain. In 2015, the Frenchman reveals himself to the general public by taking the second place at the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, behind Alejandro Valverde. The following year, he participated in his first Tour de France, during which he slipped into a few breakaways in the mountains. During the road race at the Rio Olympics, he seemed the strongest, but a fall close to the finish destroyed his chances of a gold medal (4th). After a podium on Milan-San Remo and on the Tour of Lombardy, Alaphilippe wins a mountain stage on the Vuelta 2017. The year 2018 allows him to materialize his rise to power with a victory over the Flèche Wallonne , two stage victories and the jersey of the best climber on the Tour de France, stage victories on the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour of the Basque Country… In 2019, he copiously garnishes his prize list by winning his first ”Monument”, in this case Milan-San Remo, but also a new Flèche Wallonne , the Strade Bianche, two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, a stage of Dauphiné… but also and above all by carrying out a Tour de France of great beauty, during which he was on par with the best for a long time, wearing the yellow jersey for 14 days, won two stages, the prize for combativeness and fifth place in the final general classification. , after a successful Tour de France (one victory, yellow jersey for three days), he obtained the Grail by becoming cycling world champion on 17 September, in Imola. HE was then less successful in the classics but still managed to win the Flèche Brabançonne.

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Julian Alaphilippe and the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe has participated in the Tour de France four times. The French started on the Grande Boucle in 2016, with a bit of bad luck, since he is in the fight for a stage victory towards Culoz, before a mechanical incident deprives him of his first success. He finishes 41e in the general classification, after having worn the white jersey of the best young rider for five days. In 2018, he is back on French roads, after a package following an operation of the knee in 2018. Then in full possession of his means, he won the stage at the top of Grand-Bornand then the one arriving at Bagnères de Luchon. Thanks to his two successes and a great fighting spirit in the passes, the puncheur also won the polka dot jersey for the best climber. In 2018, Alaphilippe lives a dream Tour de France: he wins two stages, including the individual time trial in Pau, and passes in total 11 days in yellow, before giving up his leader’s tunic two days before the finish in Paris. His supporters even begin to dream, for a time, of a final victory, but the Auvergne rider finally finishes in 5th place in the final general classification, also being rewarded with the prize for combativeness. In 2020, the Auvergnat leaves on the same bases by winning the 2nd stage and putting on the jersey yellow which he will wear for three days. After losing his tunic on penalty, Alaphilippe falls into line, which does not prevent him from going on the offensive on numerous occasions. A way for him to prepare for the world cycling championship scheduled a few weeks later…

Julian Alaphilippe , double reigning World Champion

Sunday 27 september 2020, Julian Alaphilippe became the ninth world champion in road cycling at Imola in Italy, the first since Laurent Brochard in 1997. After winning the race, the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond said: “It was the dream of my career. I was so close so many times but I had never even been on the podium.” In 2021, Alaphilippe did it again in Louvain in Belgium, retaining his title of world champion. In history, only six riders had achieved the feat of keeping the rainbow jersey for at least one more year, Julian Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to achieve it, even if this performance was not really planned: “Iknow what it’s like to spend a year in the rainbow jersey. I just wanted to do well and to work for the team. It was not planned , I didn’t think I would be able to hold on.” The salary of Julian Alaphilippe

In great demand, Julian Alaphilippe finally decided to extend his contract with the Belgian team of Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the start of the month of June 2018, for a period of 2 years. While several media were advancing an offer of several million euros from Ineos, the puncher accepted the offer from his manager Patrick Lefévère. We do not know the exact amount of his salary increase, but the French would have, according to the newspaper L’Equipe, a salary included estimated at 2.3 million euros , which would make Alaphilippe the best paid French runner at the moment, ahead of Thibaut Pinot (2 million euros).

Julian Alaphilippe in a relationship with Marion Rousse

Very discreet about his private life for a very long time, Julian Alaphilippe now forms a rather media-oriented couple with Marion Rousse, a former professional cyclist, now a consultant on France TV and also deputy director of the Tour de la Provence. The young woman, who was in a relationship of 2008 to 2018 with Tony Gallopin, another French cyclist, confided in the subject of this new relationship , the 17 last April, in the columns of Le Parisien. “No matter my private life. I will always do my job the same and it is the most important for me, she had specified. In life, the priority, of course, is to be happy, we are, That’s all I can say”. The day before, Julian Alaphilippe had notably insisted, in L’Equipe, on the “chance” he had to share confinement with the former champion, in Andorra: “She is really adorable, she supports me, encourages me, a guy like me who is hyperactive, who needs to get some fresh air often”. Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse also announced at the end of January 2021 that they were expecting their first child.


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